Jose Mourinho has already given Mauricio Pochettino Chelsea lesson ahead of Aston Villa


Few people expected Mauricio Pochettino to be breaking records so soon into his Chelsea tenure.

Given his Tottenham Hotspur connotations, there was a mixed reaction when reports linked the Argentine to the vacant Stamford Bridge hot seat. A club legend or associated former player is often afforded a grace period when, as has been the case with Pochettino at Chelsea, early results do not go as planned.

But previously sweating blood for a rival will evoke the opposite reaction.

There was certainly no time for sentiment eight years ago when, just seven months after lifting the Premier League, Jose Mourinho was given the bullet. Despite being the club’s most successful manager ever, reports of explosive dressing-room rifts and a horrific start to the campaign made his position untenable.

In true Mourinho fashion, he sounded betrayal - placing the blame firmly at the players' door. He said after the 2-1 defeat to eventual title winners Leicester City: “I feel my work is betrayed. I worked four days in training for this match.

"I identified four movements where Leicester score a lot of their goals and in two of the four situations I identified they scored their goals. I went through it all with the players, you can ask them.”

While the short-fused Roman Abramovich no longer rules the roost at Stamford Bridge, the new regime have also shown no mercy. Over £1billion has been spent on new arrivals and it is Pochettino’s job to make them click.

Just as it was Graham Potter’s, a man billed as a future England manager before joining the West London car crash. That disastrous campaign under Mourinho in 2015-16 saw supporters witness the Blues’ worst start to a Premier League season.

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Anything but a win over Aston Villa tomorrow will dethrone the 60-year-old of that honour and crown Pochettino with the unwanted record. Ironically, that nightmare year was sandwiched between two title-winning campaigns and viewed as an anomaly.

The worrying sign for Chelsea fans is their woes go much further than a fluke or poor run of form. Four managers and, say it again, over £1billion of investment should not return a mid-table team bereft of confidence.

Win tomorrow, and Pochettino will avoid the tag of Chelsea’s worst-ever starter. Maybe then he will have the platform to pull the Blues from the abyss and make a success of this season.

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